Sunday, August 28

Alfresco dining - Gado Gado (Indonesian salad with peanut sauce)

I must tell you - this past weekend the weather was glorious - it was fraught with activity for us, but I did manage to steal some time in the sunshine and left the windows open and let the warm, fresh air circulate the house... just what the doctor ordered!

We also had our first outdoor meal since winter began, and it was lovely.  And although this salad isn't a quick 'throw-together-affair' it is something you could make in advance and assemble last moment.

The star of this salad is the dressing - peanut satay-ish - and with the combination of crunch from the beans, bean shoots, cucumber and carrot, and the substance of the potato and egg, it's light, but filling and personally I don't think you need to have is as accompaniment, but as a meal in itself.  Although, leftovers can easily fit that purpose or you could make it to feed a crowd at a barbeque.. (I've advised hubby the barbeque will be getting a workout next weekend!).

4 small cobs of corn, boiled for 5 minutes, and cut into disks
1 lebanese cucumber, thickly diced
6 eggs, hard boiled and crumbled
1 1/2 cups bean spouts
20 or so fresh green beans, trimmed and blanched
2 large white potatoes, diced and firmly cooked
1 medium carrot, grated with a potato peeler

1/3 cup smooth peanut butter
2/3 cup roasted peanuts
3 cloves garlic
1 small red chili, finely chopped, seeds removed
2 tb lime juice

Chop, cook and grate ingredients as necessary

In a food processor add all dressing ingredients

Process until smooth, then add water (about 1 1/2 cups) to make it 'drippable'.

Arrange all your ingredients on a large tray or bowl (I prefer it on a tray.. easier to get the sauce on as much as possible..)  Get the kids to help with this bit!

Drizzle sauce over the top and any leftover sauce, put in a bowl, you'll want more I promise!

So put it on your meal plan for the week or even the weekend!

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8 lovely comments:

Sarah on August 29, 2011 at 8:01 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Yum! This is exactly my type of salad but I've never made this traditional dish. Thanks for the inspiration:)

Austin Russell on August 29, 2011 at 8:36 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

This looks really good. I'm spending some time in Italy and maybe I'll teach them a thing or two with this recipe.

Wendy on August 29, 2011 at 1:17 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I am so going to make this for dinner in the coming week. Yum.

Natalie on August 29, 2011 at 1:32 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

Gado-Gado is one of my favourites, I like to add some nice marinated tofu in to it as well - might have to make this one up next weekend.

Rosie on August 29, 2011 at 8:17 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

YUM. A few halved, hard-boiled eggs don't go amiss either.

funkyjoy77 on August 29, 2011 at 8:24 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

This looks delicious!!! Thanks for the recipe!!

Tony Payne on August 30, 2011 at 1:59 AM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

I first came across this dish in Bali, and since I love salads as well as satay sauce, it quickly became a favourite of mine.

This recipe looks good. Will have to try it.

llollz on September 2, 2011 at 3:54 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]



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